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If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, find out why surgery may be the number one treatment option.
If one of our Panama City, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Siragusa or Dr. Charles Kovaleski, has recently diagnosed you with skin cancer, then you may be feeling on edge and concerned about how to treat your skin cancer effectively. If we’ve mentioned Mohs surgery you may be wondering more about this surgery and how it can benefit your skin.
What is Mohs surgery and why do I need it?
This procedure is one of the most effective ways to treat different kinds of skin cancer. While there are other skin cancer treatments out there, Mohs surgery offers a high efficiency rate and also preserves more healthy tissue than other treatments. Mohs surgery may be recommended if:
- The cancer is widespread
- The cancer is in a delicate or difficult-to-treat area that requires as much skin preservation as possible
- The cancer has returned after undergoing other skin cancer treatment
- The cancer is growing quickly
What should you expect from the procedure?
Before you undergo this procedure it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what will go on when you come in for treatment. This way, you can address any questions or concerns with our Panama City skin doctor before we even get started.
While this is considered a surgery, it’s performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. This means the skin will be completely numb and you won’t feel anything but you will be awake. Once the area is fully numb, we will remove the first layer of the tumor. The sample will be examined under the microscope to check for the presence of cancer cells.
We will continue to remove one small layer of the tumor after another until there are no cancer cells present in the sample we collect. While Mohs surgery can take a bit longer than other skin cancer treatments, it’s a great way to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, which also means a less extensive recovery period.
What should I expect after surgery?
Once the tumor has been removed, we will talk to you about reconstructive options for repairing the area to make sure that the skin looks as normal as possible. We will also discuss the best ways to care for your skin as it heals and when you’ll need to come in for a follow-up.
Do you have questions about Mohs surgery? Need to schedule your annual skin cancer screening? Then call Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City, FL, today.
Removing every trace of skin cancer is the key to preventing recurrences of this deadly disease. The Mohs surgical technique allows dermatologists to precisely target only the areas of the skin affected by skin cancer. Robert Siragusa, MD, Charles Kovaleski, MD, and Bret Johnson, MD, your Panama City dermatologists at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center, answer a few questions about the surgery.
What's different about Mohs surgery?
Traditional surgery for skin cancer involves removing not only the cancerous skin but a significant area of healthy skin surrounding it. During a Moh's surgical procedure, your dermatologist removes cancerous skin one layer at a time and uses a microscope to confirm that every trace of the cancer has been removed. This innovative technique not only improves the cure rate but also results in a smaller scar.
When is Mohs surgery recommended?
Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat basal and squamous cell skin cancer your head, face, necks, hands, feet or genitals.
What happens during surgery?
After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your skin, your doctor will remove small areas of the tumor layer by layer and examine each layer under a microscope before removing the next layer. When he no longer sees any evidence of cancer, surgery will be over. If the surgical site was small, no stitches may be needed. Larger sites may require stitches or skin grafts.
How long does recovery from Mohs surgery take?
Most people don't experience much pain after Mohs surgery. If you do experience pain, acetaminophen can help you feel more comfortable. Some scarring is inevitable, although thanks to the skin-sparing techniques used in Mohs surgery, your scar will be smaller and less noticeable.
Are you concerned about a mole or spot on your skin? Call your Panama City Dermatologists Drs. Siragusa, Kovaleski and Johnson at Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center in Panama City at (850) 769-7546 and schedule an appointment today.